Monday, 31 July 2017

NDLEA Warns Pilgrims Against Smuggling Of Kolanuts

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Gombe has warned intending Muslims pilgrims against smuggling of hard drugs and kolanuts to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Adamawa APC urges Atiku to disregard overture to PDP

The Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has urged the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar to disregard any overture to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
APC’s state Organising Secretary, Ahmed Lawal told journalists in Yola that APC will give Atiku the needed home support at the party’s presidential primary towards the 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that Adamawa chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said last week that it would reach out to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to woo him back to the party. The Chairman of the chapter, Alhaji Abdulrahman Bobboi, made this known last Monday while answering questions from journalists during a news conference in Yola.

Emirates Cup: Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud score as Arsenal thrash Benfica

Image result for Iwobi, Walcott, Giroud score as Arsenal thrash BenficaArsenal secured a winning start to the 2017 Emirates Cup on Saturday, beating Benfica 5-2 in front of a home crowd in north London.
The two teams served up an entertaining first half filled with horrendous defending and subsequent goals.
Franco Cervi grabbed the first before a quick double from Theo Walcott, and Eduardo Salvio put the 2-2 half-time score on the board.

Nigerian Army rescue 21 bodies in an operation

The Nigerian Army says it has recovered 21 additional bodies in an operation to rescue oil exploration workers abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman says the bodies recovered include five soldiers, 11 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and five members of the exploration team.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Drinking moderately 'cuts diabetes risk' - Study says.

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Drinking in a bar with friendsRaising a glass to the findings of the Danish study? People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest.
Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says.
They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake - how much and how often they drank.

Study says - Sperm count drop could make humans extinct

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Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men continue to fall at current rates, a doctor has warned.
Researchers assessing the results of nearly 200 studies say sperm counts among men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years.
Some experts are sceptical of the Human Reproduction Update findings.

Reason Why Nigeria Internet users get improved - Google map

Lagos is now on the street view in the improved google map.
Visitors and residents can now navigate the state easily with the aid of technology.
The chief executive officer of Google Pichai Sundar was in Nigeria to talk about the organisation’s plan to train one hundred thousand software developers and the capturing of thousands of more additional nigerian small businesses on google map.

Shocking: Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn

This photo of Charlie  became a symbol of the ethical debates around the right to life and the right of doctors -- or relatives - to say when life should end.
This photo of Charlie became a symbol of the ethical debates
around the right to life and the right of doctors -- or relatives - to
  say when life should. 
British baby Charlie Gard, who was at the center of a legal battle that captured the world's attention, died Friday, one week before his first birthday.
"Our beautiful little boy has gone, we're so proud of him," his

Unbearable: North Korea reveals never-before seen images of missile program

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un standing in front of the Hwasong-10, with the engine visible.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un standing in front of
the Hwasong-10, with the engine visible.
Tracing the successful launch of their first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4, the Hwasong-14, North Korea threw a series of celebrations to commemorate the work done by those involved in the project.

Reasons Why North Korea still hates the United States

The pause button was hit on the Korean War in 1953. Its legacy of destruction lives on.
In just three years, the war claimed the lives of millions of people and forever changed the Korean Peninsula.
"We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea anyway, some way or another, and some in South Korea, too," said former US Air Force commander Gen. Curtis LeMay in 1988, during an interview for an Air Force military history volume.

Business owners say Corruption hurting MSMEs

Owners of  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Nigeria have decried the level of corruption in the Country, saying it’really hurting their business.
This is coming as the United Nations Global Compact Network is planning strategies to address and curb issues affecting growth of MSMEs .
The lifeline of most developing economies are small and medium enterprises, with their flexibility to become growth agents from small beginnings and little capital but a lot of drive.
The World Bank estimates that MSMEs contribute more than 40 percent of total employment and more than 30 percent of national income gross domestic product in emerging economies.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Reps vote to restrict tenure of president, governors

Daily power generation attained peak of 4,079MW in Q2 2017 – NBS

The power generation statistics for Q2 2017 reflected that a total average of 2,503 GWh of energy was generated by power stations as Egbin Power Plant contributed about 11.22% share of the average energy generated which represents the highest generation among the twenty-fivee (25) power plants within the period under review.
Daily energy generation attained a peak of 4,079 MW on the 29th May, 2017 and daily energy sent out on same date was 4,014 MW.
Similarly, the highest daily energy generated per hour attained a peak of 97,891 MWh on the 29th May, 2017 and daily energy sent out per hour on same date was 96,334 MWh.
This represents the highest level of energy generated and sent out in the month of May 2017 and in Q2 2017.
However, the lowest daily energy generation, 2,679 MW, in Q2 2017 was attained on 9th April, 2017 and daily energy sent out on that date was 2,638 MW.
The lowest daily energy generation per hour was also attained on same date. 64,299 MWh was generated and 63,304 MWh was sent out.

Reps vote to restrict tenure of president, governors

The House of Representatives has voted to restrict the tenure of the President and Governors.
292 members voted in support of the amendment to the Nigerian Constitution, with three voting against and another abstaining.
But the house wasn’t able to get enough votes to have State Independent Electoral Commissions deleted. 229 lawmakers voted for the deletion, 51 voted against, and one abstained.
The house toed the line of the senate, when it came to reducing the age at whom candidates can run for election. They got 21 votes more than the required 240.

Agriculture : Nigeria borrows N3.38bn to aid potato production

The Federal Executive Council has approved N3.38 billion to boost production of potatoes in Plateau State.Image result for potato nigeria
The state accounts for 95 percent of Nigeria’s potato production.
Minister of Finance,Kemi Adeosun said, to finance the production, the ministry will borrow from Agricultural Development Bank.
She added that over 100,000 families and 17 local government areas of Plateau State will benefit from the loan while 60,000 jobs will be created in the potato value chain.

BREAKING: Gov. Ugwuanyi fires Information Commissioner, 2 others

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwunayi of Enugu State on Thursday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle.
The Governor’s action led to the removal of three commissioners, while two new ones came on board.
The three commissioners affected in the exercise include Dr. Godwin Udeuhele (Commissioner for Information), Mr. Charles Ndukwe (Commissioner for Youth and Sports) and Barrister Smart Ogbe (Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs).
The two new commissioners sworn in during the meeting of the State Executive Council include Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe who now takes charge of Information and Mr. Joseph Udedi who was deployed to the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
The changes came as a first step in the move by Governor Ugwuanyi to reshape his cabinet in order to further enhance effective delivery of good governance to the people of Enugu state.
The new helmsman at the State Ministry of Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, a veteran journalist and public communications strategist, joined the State Executive Council from BusinessDay Newspaper where he was serving as chairman of Editorial Board of the outfit.
Anikwe who had over the past decades cut his teeth in the journalism profession was News Editor at The Guardian and later Editor of Daily Times of Nigeria.
The new commissioner had also worked as World Bank consultant for the Federal Inland Revenue and a number of State Governments.
He was also the spokesman for the Federal Government’s Committee on Power Sector Reforms, working with the Presidential Taskforce on Power and the Federal Ministry of Power.
Hence, he has brought a huge depth of wealth of experience to bear on his new task as the Government spokesman in the coal city state.

NSE demutualisation : Nigerians won’t be shortchanged – Senate

Image result for Nigerian Stock ExchangeThe Senate has expressed its commitment towards ensuring Nigerians are not shortchanged as the up

perchamber begins work on a bill to demutualise the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE.
Acting Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Markets, Senator Foster Ogola disclosed this at a briefing with Senate Correspondents at the National Assembly complex.
The demutualisation bill seeks to enable the conversion and re-registration of the Nigerian Stock Exchange from a company limited by guarantee to a public company limited by shares.
Senator Ogola says the proposed demutualisation of the Stock Exchange was an integral part of the 10-year Capital Market masterplan.
The bill passed second reading in the Senate during the week and is expected in four weeks.

Nigerian army promises to train officers on intelligence gathering

Nigerian army promises to train officers on intelligence gatheringThe General Officer Commanding , 2nd division of the Nigerian army ,Chukwunedu Abraham says the Nigerian Army will continue to protect the territorial integrity of country.
Abraham spoke at the opening of the inter brigade competition involving five brigades of the division in Akure army cantonment .
The competition is an annual ritual designed to keep in tune physical fitness and formation alertness of officers in order to provide adequate security for the country.
Abraham added that the Nigerian army is ready to expose its officers to modern way of tackling insurgency.
He charged officers of the division to rededicate themselves to formations and rules of engagement for better performance in security provision.

Biafra: Arewa Youths urge Osinbajo to arrest Nnamdi Kanu

Arewa Youths on Thursday called on the Presidency to order the arrest and detention of the national leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
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This comes as tension generated by their quit notice to Igbos living in the North is yet to reduce.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Speaker of the Arewa Youth Assembly, AYA, Mohammed Salihu and the Clerk, Desmond Minakaro, accused the federal government of aiding and abetting Kanu to breach his bail conditions.
“The Leadership of Arewa Youth Assembly has observed with keen interest the high level of lawlessness exhibited by Nnamdi Kanu since he was granted bail in June this year and the conspiracy of silence displayed by the federal government and its security agencies in the face of such affront by the IPOB leader. No doubt, this lawlessness is capable of disintegrating this country.
“The level of insecurity and youth agitations calls for concern by all well meaning Nigerians. These threats have turned our country in a place of uncertainty and now a laughing stock within the international communities. Nigerians now live in a state of fear and trauma for the fear of the unknown.
“This level of lawlessness has left us with no option than to doubt the ability of our Acting President to successfully preside over the affairs of our country. Our Acting President seems to be under the control of some cabals when it comes to decision-making.
“We therefore, wish to advise the Acting President to sit up and be in firm control of the government of Nigeria and begin to address the myriads of issues threatening the unity of this great nation,” the Arewa youths said.
Court fixes July 31st for judgement for Aluu 4 lynching
Image result for aluu 4 killingsA High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has adjourned to July the 31st, to deliver judgment in the murder of four students of the University of Port Harcourt.
The trial Judge, who fixed the date on Thursday, said that thought the judgement was ready, he was too sick to deliver it.
It will be recalled that 12 people, including a police sergeant have been facing trial since December 2012 over the alleged murder of the students.
Five out of the 12 suspects, including a traditional ruler in Aluu Community were discharged.
Security was tight at the court premises in anticipation of the judgment.

Four killed in fresh Maiduguri suicide bombing

Suicide-Bomb-TVCFour people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at Mandirari Village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.
An official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Bello Danbatta confirmed the incident on Thursday.
The agency had since deployed its rescue team to the village.
Danbatta said that the team had also evacuated people, who sustained injuries in the attack to the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital for medical attention.

Bilateral ties : Osun and Australia pledge symbiotic economic bond

The Osun state government and the Australian government are planning partnerships on agriculture, mining and solid mineral exploration, renewable energy and education.
This is in a bid to boost the local economy of Osun state and cement a symbiotic relationship with the Australian government.
This came to the fore when the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Lehmann paid a courtesy visit on Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The Governor said Osun would want to benefit from the Austrian Official Development Assistance (ODA) which has earmarked millions of dollars for the assistance of sub-Saharan Africa.
Responding, Lehmann expressed satisfaction with the achievements of Governor Aregbesola on different sectors of the economy, pledging the assistance of his country.
He acknowledged that Nigerian students excel in Australia and promised that his country will give scholarships to Nigerian students willing to study in Australia.

Attempted jail break : Bayelsa prison officials nab six inmates

Image result for Attempted jail break : Bayelsa prison officials nab six inmatesThe Comptroller of the Bayelsa State Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service Chiabua Victor has confirmed an attempted jail break by six inmates of the Yenagoa facility.
Welcoming the Bayelsa State Acting Governor to the Okaka Prisons in Yenagoa, the state capital, Chiabua says the jail break attempt was unsuccessful because of the mental alertness of the security officials on duty.
He however, ruled out congestion as the primary motive, drawing the commendation of the Bayelsa State Acting Governor on the prompt response of his men.

Empowerment scheme : Kaduna government graduates prison inmates

Image result for prison inmates nigeriaThe Kaduna state government through its ministry of justice has graduated prison inmates from an empowerment scheme.
The move is to enhance their reintegration into the society when out of  prison.
The inmates were full of joy and thanked the government for the gesture.
They also want Governor El-Rufai to pardon as many as possible, so they can leave the prison walls.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Trump ban transgender saying, transgender people 'can't serve' in US military

US President Donald Trump says transgender people cannot serve in "any capacity" in the

He tweeted that he had consulted with military experts and cited "tremendous medical costs and disruption".
The Obama administration decided last year to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military.
But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a six-month delay in the recruitment of transgender people.

Lagos issues 48 hour quit notice to illegal shop owners in Obalende

Officers of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation Enforcement has issued a 48-hour
notice to those doing business under the Obalende bridge to vacate as the Lagos state government is set to modernize the area.

This comes on the back of intense flooding being experienced across all parts of the state since the rains began.

The state government says owner of such properties are preventing the smooth flow of water in drainage systems.

Breaking news: Senate votes YES for “Not Too Young To Run Bill”

The Senate has voted to reduce the age of candidates contesting for elective positions.

The red chamber commenced voting on thirty-two items listed for review in the 1999 constitution on Wednesday.

The lawmakers rejected the 35 per cent affirmative action for women as ministers, as well as 20 per cent for women as commissioners in states

They voted to support independent candidacy during elections, voted to change the name of the Nigeria Police Force, and also voted to support single term for president and governors

Commonwealth Speakers 16th meeting holds in Abuja

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has urged  Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers to their current
positions as a short lease given them by providence and the electorate to shape the present and determine the future of millions and generations yet unborn.

He stated this at their Sixteenth Conference which held in Abuja.

State House Correspondent Mariah Olasehinde reports that as part of the activity for the day a flag procession was done to identify the countries represented, this was followed by the presidential procession for the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo accompanied by the president of the senate Bukola Saraki and the Host speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Acting President Osibanjo inaugurate two ministers at last

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday finally inaugurated Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and
 Suleiman Hassan (Gombe) as ministers, over two months after their nominations were confirmed by the Senate.
Our State House  Correspondent reports that the inauguration took place inside the Council Chambers  at the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Why I hate media – O.Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he is not a friend of the press.

Obasanjo said this during the launch of the French translation of a book “Making Africa Work” he co-authored with Emmanuel Mwamba at French Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.
The former President said the press was like a nagging wife that should be tolerated because whatever was not reported in the media had not happened.

Parents of terminally ill baby end legal battle - Charlie Gard

Image result for Charlie Gard : Parents of terminally ill baby end legal battleParents of Charlie Gard, the terminally ill British baby have dropped their legal battle seeking to give the child further treatment.
They will now hold discussions with his London hospital about how he should be allowed to die.
Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, who won the support of U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis with a campaign to keep him alive, said 11-month-old Charlie could have lived a normal life if he had been given treatment earlier.

Suicide bombing: NEMA confirms four IDPs killed in Maiduguri camps

The National emergency Agency, NEMA has confirmed the death of four people after suicide bombers attacked two internally displaced camps in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State.
15 others were injured when two bombers, a male and a female attacked the IDP camp at Dalori, known as Dalori 1 Camp.
Another suicide bomber targeted another camp, Dalori 2, but was intercepted. Only the bomber died in the second attack.
Both incidents took place late Sunday night.

Kenyan President fails to show up for TV Debate

Kenyan opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga took part in a key television debate alone, after President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to turn up.

Standing next to an empty podium, Odinga, a serious contender for the presidency, answered questions posed by two moderators and the audience.

It was not clear why Kenyatta did not appear for the debate but his party had already voiced objections to the debate format.

UNIMAID’s SSANU calls for protection of staff, students

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has challenged security agencies to invest more in intelligence-gathering to protect staff and students of the University of Maiduguri.
The academic union disclosed this during its National Executive Meeting where they urged the federal government to do more in providing equipment and adequate funding to protect Universities from violence being wreaked by miscreants.
The university has recently faced with series of suicide attacks.

Osinbajo seeks Nigeria’s support to APPO reform process

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed Nigeria’s full support for the reform process that will enable the African Petroleum Producers Organization rise up fully and adapt to the changing global realities and the global economic order.
He disclosed the at the Opening Ceremony of the Extraordinary Session Of The Council Of Ministers Of The African Petroleum Producers Organization.
State House Correspondent Mariah Olasehinde reports that Osinbajo said that the Organization, after thirty years of service to member countries, should be able to fashion out and implement a bold programme of reforms, which should be able to place its members at an advantage in the global economic order.

Governor El-Rufai expose What Buhari told him about Kaduna crisis in London

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed what President Muhammadu Buhari told him about the crisis in Kajuru Local Government Area of his state in London.
El-Rufai said Buhari appealed to the people of Kajuru to stop reprisal attack.
He disclosed that the President told him this when governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, visited him, Buhari, in London.
The Governor said the President was disturbed with the recent clash between Fulani and Hadara people of the area.

Six governors heading for London this evening – Presidency

The Presidency has said the six state governors scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in London will depart Nigeria this evening.
Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made the disclosure while addressing State House Correspondents at the Presidential villa, Abuja.
Shehu revealed that the meeting between the President and the governors will hold by 3pm on Wednesday.
He identified those scheduled for the trip to include, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, who will lead the delegation.
Other members of the delegation are Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel

‘Money for carry-over’ College fires lecturer

College of Education, Akwanga, Nasarawa State, has sacked a lecturer found to have collected money to clear students who had carry-overs in some courses.
Its Provost, Dr. Rebecca Umaru, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Akwanga that the lecturer, Paul Madela, who is the institution’s examination officer, extorted money from students that had failed some courses and were expected to carry them over.
“The Governing Council of the college approved his sack when a committee set up to investigate the allegation found him culpable,” Umaru said.
Umaru said that two other lecturers, Musa Agwadu and Ibrahim Shakaro, were also being investigated for diverting registration money they allegedly collected from students.

“Not Too Young to Rule” group takes advocacy to National Assembly

The “Not Too Young To Rule” group  on Tuesday protested at the National Assembly, shutting down the main entrance after security officials allegedly denied them access.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Two Islamic tutors arraigned for gang-raping two girls

Two Islamic tutors, Kamaledeen Alade and Hammed Adebayo, who allegedly gang-raped 14-year-old and 16-year-old girls, were on Wednesday arraigned in Lagos.
Alade, 32, and Adebayo 27, whose addresses were not provided, pleaded not guilty to four counts of conspiracy, rape, sexual penetration and application of charm at a Surulere Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Anthonia Osayande, told the court that Alade was the founder of an Islamic school, where youths learnt the Quran.

Reasons why I called and still calling disciples to my ministration – Jesus

"Son of man, so sadden many are losing instead of gaining. The 21st centuries are busy producing atheists instead of preachers. Sadden that the humanities are building atheist, false preacher, divergent evangelist and sculptor of money minded preachers instead of producing elegant souls for my Father’s (God’s) kingdom. These were not my initial ministration on earth. Many have lost the hope of eternity" - Oyeniyi Olayemi Samuel

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Just prior to sending out the twelve disciples, Jesus

A 29 years old graduate dies after alleged wrong diagnosis by Lagos hospital

Controversy has arisen over the death of a 29-year-old graduate of the University of Bauchi, Kolawole Idowu, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Family members of the victim said although Kolawole died at LASUTH, they believed his condition was worsened by doctors at the Ikeja Medical Centre, a private facility on Allen Avenue, Ikeja.

Lagos State extends restriction of movement, LG election

The Lagos State Government has extended the restriction of movement across the State during the Local Government elections on Saturday July 22 from  7AM to 3PM.
In a statement issued by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the Government also reiterated the call for a peaceful and orderly conduct by the electorate on Saturday.
According to the Commissioner, the State Government and security agencies will leave no stone unturned in ensuring a free and fair election, while ensuring safety of electoral officials and voters.

Senate unveil lists of 42 banned anti-malaria drugs still sold, consumed in Nigeria

The Nigerian Senate has listed about 42 anti-malaria drugs that have been banned in Europe but are still sold in hospitals and pharmacies in Nigeria.
The lawmakers raised the alarm that all the forty two anti-malaria drugs were still being stockpiled, sold and consumed in the country.
Hence, the Senate has mandated its Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary), led by Senator Olarewaju Tejuoso, to urgently carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back for further action.
Raising the motion earlier, Senator T.A Orji, Abia Central said, “The Senate notes that recently the European Union banned the sale and consumption of 42 Anti-Malaria Drugs in all countries within the European Union.
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